From: Somewhere in the South Pacific.
Hi there guytipton41,
Just a bit of advice about being a JFB, as I have only recently been converted to a AFB. I have played all of my Pbem grand campaigns as the Japanese player, and have passed though 1943 three times, so I’ll tell you what I think is the mindset and strategy of your opponent at the moment.
First of all about KB: If your opponent is a good player, he will have kept up with the ship upgrades, his air-groups will be equipped with his best available airframes and well-trained. So KB will still be a superb weapon, but compared to your Hellcat equipped carrier TFs KB is a one-shot weapon.
KB is one-shot in the respect that if it takes any significant damage, he looses it’s value as a deterrent, and leaves his outer defensive lines unsupported. He looses KB until he can replace his air losses, and he only has a few new carriers arriving to replace any carrier losses. Whereas your carrier losses can be easily replaced, and even reinforced in the next 8 months.
A carrier battle is a slugging-match, with both sides normally taking equal losses and lots of damage. My experience from the Japanese side is usually shredded air-groups, and I few badly damaged carriers. With similar damage to the Allied side, but the difference is damage control, and it’s the carrier killer for the Japanese. As most often their damaged carriers are going to burn and flood like crazy, whereas the Allied carriers have a chance.
Now this is where he will be regretting his far-flung empire, because he now realizes how spread-out it is. This is a common mistake of inexperienced and/or aggressive Japanese players, and a lot disappear from the face of the earth about now. It’s called victory disease and the Japanese know all about it in real life. So now it’s all about planning and having a common strategic goal for victory. You now have most of the cards, and can even make a few mistakes. Your opponent doesn't have those cards any-more, and can’t make any mistakes, none.
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